Amherst-Tufts Headlines Another Big Weekend of NESCAC Lacrosse

PJ Clementi and the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team will visit Tufts University on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has arrived – let’s celebrate!

Despite some unsettled weather moving through the Northeast, there are plenty of games to watch (and follow, of course), including Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash between Amherst College and Tufts University.

Tufts enters its second league meeting with a two-game winning streak – the Jumbos scored an impressive win last night against Springfield College, thanks to Mac Bredahl, who scored six goals on seven shots.  

Bredhal will certainly be a player to watch against the Mammoths as the senior attack has enjoyed a successful start to his squad’s 2022 campaign by tallying 16 points on 12 goals and four helpers to go with 18 shots and one ground ball.

In addition to Bredhal, fans should keep their eyes on Jack Boyden (nine goals and five assists), Kurt Bruun (seven goals and three assists), and Camden Kelleher (six goals and four assists).

Amherst, which did not compete last spring, scored its first win of the season last Saturday in a come-from-behind win against Hamilton College. The Mammoths outscored the Continentals, 7-4, during the final two sessions.

Brock Gonzalez highlighted the opening day win with four goals, one ground ball, and one caused turnover while PJ Clementi tallied four goals and two helpers.

Last Saturday’s win was the first for coach Sean Woods, who previously paced the sidelines at Colorado College.

Tufts topped Amherst in its last regular-season meeting two years ago before the lacrosse season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One year earlier, the Jumbos edged the Mammoths in the regular season by a score of 15-14 before Amherst beat the Jumbos one month later in the NCAA Tournament.

Amherst would advance to the national championship in 2019, but see its title hopes dashed by Cabrini University.

Wesleyan University will look to win its third-straight contest on Sunday when they welcome Stevens Institute of Technology to Middletown, Connecticut.

The Cardinals have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 47-13, thanks to a slew of contributions on both ends of the field.

Matt Gill currently leads the Cardinals in points (14) and assists (nine) – he has also scooped six ground balls.

Justin Hazard leads Wesleyan in goals with seven and Tyler Campbell has won 28 of 39 face-offs.

Sunday’s non-conference meeting between the Cardinals of Wesleyan and Ducks of Stevens is a good early-season test for the Cardinals, which will be in action twice next week against Salve Regina University and Colby College.

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